Several product announcements have been made that will interest many Mac developers and programmers.
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InterACTIVE-Technology has released ActiveDeveloper version 2.10, a multi-platform interactive runtime IDE.
With ActiveDeveloper you get a Runtime Object IDE that lets you build native apps and servers directly at runtime while they run. It’s compatible with Mac OS X Server, Windows 2000/NT/9x, and OpenStep. Pricing for a commercial single platform, multi-user license is US$99. A personal single platform, single user license is $49 and an educational single platform, five-pack user license is $249.
Runtime Labs has released MacSQL 2.2, the latest version of their solution for database management on the Mac. A fully AppleScriptable application, MacSQL provides Web authors, publishers and developers with a graphical way to interact with SQL databases.
Version 2.2 supports communicating with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, FrontBase, MySQL, PostgreSQL (Max OS X only) and ODBC (Mac 9 only). It’s a free update to registered MacSQL 2.0 users. Otherwise, the cost is $249, though there’s a “lite” version available for $99. A demo version, which expires after 10 days, is also available. All versions can be
Advenio Software, a company specializing in Mac OS X application development, has announced the immediate availability of SQLGrinder 1.2 for Mac OS X.
SQLGrinder is a native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer tool that lets developers create, edit and execute SQL queries, as well as browse their database structures. The latest update to SQLGrinder now provides support for AppleScript. Using the new scripting support, developers can automate data and schema exports, send and execute arbitrary SQL statements and process query results from applications like AppleScript Studio, according to
MacTech magazine . It also has improved support for Sybase ASE and Microsoft’s latest beta JDBC driver.
This update is free to all registered SQLGrinder users. Plus, a free 30-day trial version of SQLGrinder 1.2 can be
downloaded. Registrations can be purchased for US$49.95.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SCRIPTit 1.0 for FileMaker Pro 4.x and 5.x for both Mac and Windows systems. SCRIPTit is a FileMaker interface enhancement plug-in that lets you create script events and dynamic popup menus with the power of XML markup.
With this plug-in you can define script events that happen immediately, at any future time, or on any repeating interval. The dynamic popup menus can have any number of menu items, and any number of cascading sub menus (well, limited only by operating system issues). The menu items can be bold, italic, underline or any combination of those styles. Menus can have check marks, round bullets and diamond shaped bullets.
You can change the entire appearance of any menu item at any time, including enabling and disabling items. Whenever the user chooses a menu item, SCRIPTit will run a script in your database. SCRIPTit can also be integrated into your existing solutions.
A fully functional 30 day trial version of SCRIPTit, along with an example databases and full documentation, is available from the
product Web site. Until you register your copy of SCRIPTit — which costs US$89 for a one-user license — will show a splash screen every hour that you use the plug-in in FileMaker.
DeviceWatcher for InterMapper 1.0 has been released by GeBE Computer & Peripherie GmbH. A plug-in to the popular InterMapper Software by Dartware, LLC, the software can be used to extend InterMapper’s capabilities to monitor remote servers to include probing of the free space left on specific disk partitions in the target machines. The software can be
downloaded for free, though company asks for voluntary donations to the ongoing development effort.
DeviceWatcher for InterMapper 1.0 consists of a daemon to be installed on the target machine and a matching InterMapper Probe file to query the daemon, trigger the InterMapper notification system and provide feedback about the used disk space to the user on InterMapper maps. The daemon comes with startup and installation scripts for Mac OS X and Linux, and requires a recent version of Perl (which is usually included in installations of Mac OS X and Linux).
Finally, Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.1 for FileMaker Pro 4.0 through 5.5. The plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation.
Version 3.1 adds a TrDl-GetPopup function that will return the popup lists that are currently stored in the plug-in and a switch to the TrDl-DoListDialog function. You can now specify the width and height of the list dialog. The User Guide and example files have been updated, and there are bug fixes, as well.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.1 is available for
downloading at Troi’s Web site. It’s available for Mac OS 8.1-9.1 and for Mac OS X. The price is $39 until May 29 and $42 per user afterwards. Upgrading from the 3.0 version of Troi Dialog Plug-in is free. Users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-in version 2.x on or after May 1, 2001, are entitled to a free upgrade. Users who bought a license for version 2.x or earlier before that date will need to upgrade to use the 3.1 version. Upgrading from a single user license is $10 per user. Upgrade prices for other licenses can be found on the Troi Web site.